Monty “Rex” Preston, 86, of Lyons NE

Monty “Rex” Preston was born to Allen and Gladys (Crowell) Preston September 1, 1931 in Walthill, Nebraska. He passed away May 18th, 2018, at his home in Lyons, Nebraska.

He attended Parks School in rural Rosalie and graduated from Lyons High School in 1950. In December of 1950, he enlisted into the United States Navy. He proudly served 4 years. He was 20 degrees away from traveling completely around the entire world.

On January 7th, 1955, he was married to Donna Mae Swanson in Decatur, Nebraska. They lived most of their lives on a farm raising their 6 children. In later years, he enjoyed working at the Oakland Golf Club and Helena. He was also a member of the VFW, Lyons American Legion and Bethany Lutheran Church. He was also a Mason and Shriner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers: Dave, Duane and Kay; and 6 sisters: Betty, Audrey, Shirley, Bev, Margarite, and infant sister; grandchildren: Amy Anderson and Kevin and George Bacon.

Survivors include his wife, Donna; six children: Kim (John) Helzer of Tekamah, Denise (Jeff) Anderson of Lyons, Kristi (Gary) Bacon of Lyons, Janelle McCluskey of Lyons, Don (Shelley) Preston of Wayne and Ron (Lisa) Preston of Firth; 13 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Rick Nelson; sister-in-law, Mary Bacon; numerous nieces and nephews and numerous great grandpuppies.

Pelan Funeral Services of Lyons is in charge of arrangements.


Upcoming Events



May 21st

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Bethany Lutheran Church614 Main Street
PO Box 168
Lyons, Nebraska 68038

Prayer Service will start at 7 pm. Family will be receiving friends.



May 22nd

1:30 PM
Bethany Lutheran Church614 Main Street
PO Box 168
Lyons, Nebraska 68038

Military Honors will be held at the cemetery.

Cemetery Details


Lyons Cemetery

Lyons, NE 68038

Memorial Contribution


Rex Preston

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I am a graduate of Northeast Community College with a degree in journalism. I am married to Jeff Gilliland. We have two grown children, Justin and Whitney and four grandchildren, Grayce, Grayhm, Charli and Penelope. I will be covering Lyons, Decatur, Bancroft and Rosalie and am hoping to expand my horizons as time progresses!

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